Recent content by Ben Jamin

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    Cherry alternatives for a warm climate

    Heya Mark. Never found this post or your blog on the acerola. I've never heard of the cedar bay cherry and will have to keep my eye out for a seedling or some fruit (for seed). Sorry to hear your acerola took a turn, they root really easy from small cuttings I've taken in early spring from...
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    Gardening on really poor soil

    Hmm - I've never had a soil test done but I figure it would have different results for each bed I have. I am also somewhat skeptical of how accurate these tests are in terms of measuring actual bio availability of these nutrients (maybe they'd be more valuable if I had more experience in reading...
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    Gardening on really poor soil

    I'm not sure where you are but I noticed comfrey is more sedate in SE QLD than when I lived in Melbourne. It still grows strongly but loves moisture for its big green leaves. My first few plants grew slowly but then I was able to divide and they quickly multiplied. The roots go deep and mine...
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    Incubator Chinese No name JN 48 Manual

    Yeah you're right it could have been for any number of reasons. One thing I found was that my unit gave the appearance of being really stable by not showing an accurate reading on the display. You could force the unit to show the actual temp registered by clicking the Set button twice. I...
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    Gardening on really poor soil

    haha - it seems obvious but I doubt I came up with the idea myself. I used to make blow fly traps by cutting the top off a pet bottle and then inserting it into the neck of another PET bottle to make a funnel. A bit of meat or fish soon has the bottle full of flies but it tends to stink of...
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    Gardening on really poor soil

    Wow - awesome thread. The King parrots are just smashing my beefsteaks at the moment. Much more damage from them than fruit fly. I also use cera traps with PET bottles (a couple of decent holes drilled in the sides and I screw a hook into the lid to hang it). I think I'll have to invest in some...
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    Incubator Chinese No name JN 48 Manual

    Every unit is different but the work light on mine only comes on when the temp drops below a threshold (pretty sure this is configured by 1 of the 2 settings HD & HU, you're not supposed to touch). It's basically the thermostat kicking in and turning on the heating element. Once it hits the...
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    No name 48 egg incubator (JN 848?) automatic turner not working

    Mine doesn't have individual egg holders, it's just 6 long trays. Each tray is connected by an arm running along. It looks a lot like mark's in the way that it has a long arm and a small driver arm connected to the motor.
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    Tricks to tell if eggs are fertile or not... quail, chicken, duck

    I popped the egg open and let it sit in the incubator for 8hrs before putting it with the others. It survived the night in the brooder and apart from being less fluffy is not much different now. So 25 from 30 in the end. Better start organising a new coop and run.
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    Tricks to tell if eggs are fertile or not... quail, chicken, duck

    24 of 30 eggs hatched into adorable little chicks. I didn't expect to get such a high hatching rate (80%). There is still a bit of chirping from 1 egg in the incubator and it breaks my heart not to lend a helping hand.
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    Tricks to tell if eggs are fertile or not... quail, chicken, duck

    Yeah - I don't refrigerate my eggs. I like the thought that they're still "alive" up until the time they're cooked. We might have to if we find a more developed egg like the one you had. Pulled the eggs out of the turner today. Not sure how the hatching rate will be from 30 eggs but I'm...
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    Tricks to tell if eggs are fertile or not... quail, chicken, duck

    Awesome thread - I wish I'd seen it 2 weeks ago lol. Mine are set to hatch on Sat and I've not lifted the lid at all in this time. I'll do a quick candling when I take the egg turner in a couple of days I think. I hope there won't be any accidents. I'm eager to see if there's anything in the...
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    Fridge fiddling - Replace or adjust thermostat

    Ive always bottled my brews. I used to want to get kegs going because I got sick of cleaning filling, capping and breaking bottles. I like that they're easily portable and I can have quite a selection on hand to mix it up. Cheap as chips when compared to kegs for setup anyway. I've only had 1...
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    Fridge fiddling - Replace or adjust thermostat

    Ive been brewing my own beer since I was 16 but I've only recently got into more advanced mash type of brewing (rather than just a kit wort you can buy at the supermarket. This got me looking into various yeast types and quickly noticed that I've been brewing way too quickly at too high a...
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    Incubator Chinese No name JN 48 Manual

    My cheap incubator has 2 small (barely noticeable) holes on one side near the bottom. I'm only using the middle hole to top up every 2 or 3 days but will top up both holes when I take the eggs from the turner. I'm not measuring humidity levels though. This is my first time using an incubator so...